The centuries between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance were named "the medieval era" or the "Dark Ages" by the historians of the later Middle Ages because they were seen as a lapse in the culture of Greco-Roman humanism.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself;
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our view of the world will determine how we act. If our understanding of reality is faulty, then our actions will to one degree or another be unrewarding.
In the book of Proverbs we read, "where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). They also get burned out, confused, and scatter their energies in a hundred different directions.
The Christian Right is a classic case of a movement without a worldview. It is also an instructive example of the consequences of cognitive dissonance.
To achieve victory, you must first seek it. But, even before you seek it, you have to define it.
Recently in sun-splashed (and wine-enriched!) Napa Valley, Andrew Sandlin ("AS"), executive director of Chalcedon; Colonel Doner ("CD"), chairman of the Samaritan Group and architect of the "Old" Religious Right; and Monte Wilson ("MW"), president of Global Impact, engaged in an informal roundtable discussion on the past and the prospects of the Religious Right. Below are excerpts of that discussion.
There is no place like home. Of joy, of peace, of plenty, where supporting and supported, dear souls mingle into the blissful hubbub of daily life.
The world is full of many people who are ready to believe in God and in the Bible from cover to cover except where it disagrees with them.
Thus far we have sought to prove that the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is untrue to Scripture. We have done this by demonstrating the regulativists' flawed appeal to texts wherein they imagine to find it when it simply isn't there.